There are so many tracks that get released each week that it is easy to miss gems.? When you factor in that “Ready For Love” was sent out during the madness of the Winter Music Conference, it’s not surprising that I missed the track from Felix Cartal.? Following up “New Scene” and “Young Love,” the Canadian producer continues to push the boundaries of pop and EDM, making melodic tracks enhanced by enchanting and commercial (but not cheesy) vocals. “Ready for Love” feels like a Zedd song, but with a bigger chorus meant to singalong with – the kind of song that Sirius BPM should have in power rotation by now.? Digging through Soundcloud, I came across this mix by Poprox which takes the song a bit more stadium, but keeps the NRG and the pop vibe firmly in place.? The mix seems to be at the perfect sweet spot between credible and accessible, showcasing a new production talent we should be keeping our eyes (and ears) focused on.
Sometimes the simplest thing, like an instrumental hook or a vocal phrase, is all it takes to make a club record massive. Back in 2002, Who Da Funk (the team of Alex Alicea & Jorge “DJ Lace” Jaramillo) teamed up with Jessica Eve to make “Shiny Disco Balls.” They updated the party motto “Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll” to become “Drugs, Rock and Roll, Bad Ass Vegas Hoes, Shiny Disco Balls” over a bouncy house beat, and before you know it Erick Morillo signed it to Subliminal and it became a massive club smash (even crossing over to radio). It seems fitting that Las Vegas-based DJ Scotty Boy updated the record, not only because of the reference to his hometown hoes, but because Vegas has become the place where every international superstar DJ has set up a residence. his new “Shiny Disco Balls” is big room-friendly electro with that Garrix sound which is currently en vogue.
Enlisting Sue Cho (vocalist of tracks like “Pocket Porn” with Dani Deahl and “Ready for More” with Banger Bros) was a brilliant move as not only does she nail the disaffected snarl of Jessica Eve, she also shows that women can be playful and sexy in a club music video without being nearly naked and acting like the stereotypical video ho. It helps that she has some of the best lips since The Rocky Horror Picture Show. For a fun record with multigenerational club appeal, DJs should definitely give “Shiny Disco Balls” a spin.